RATM tops the bill!

7 June 2010

Rage Against the Machine

The band Rage Against the Machine played a free concert in London’s Finsbury Park yesterday, where they presented Shelter with a cheque for £162,000.

The concert was a thank you to fans who propelled the single Killing in the Name to the top of the charts last Christmas. The campaign was initiated by Tracy and Jon Morter in December 2009 in response to the X Factor monopoly of the Christmas number one spot. They started a Facebook group and generously asked members to donate to Shelter via a Justgiving page when they downloaded the track.

The single sold around 500,000 copies and the band donated 100% of profits from the sales of Killing in the Name to Shelter. Their generous support, combined with the Justgiving campaign, raised a phenomenal £162,000 for our work with homeless and badly housed people.

45,000 people attended yesterday’s concert where Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb, Jon and Tracy Morter collected a cheque on stage presented by band members Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha.

A massive thank you to Tracy and Jon Morter, the band themselves and everyone who donated via the campaign!